Out of steam....
During my lunch hour today I visited Grapevine, Texas to see if any new train related photo-ops might present themselves. I was in luck. The old steam locomotive has been down for repair for almost two years now. The doors of the shed that houses her were open and one of the workmen let me in for a few pictures. Here is one that I really like. Pentax K5 Hand held, f/2.8 1/40s ISO 320 DA* 16-50mm
My gosh! They are magnificent aren't they?
'The main difference between a professional photographer and an amateur is that the pro has a bigger waste basket'
Lovely shot Jim. This is the type of subject matter that deserves black and white photography.
Those old steam locomotives were the fastest, strongest, method of transportation the world had seen when these mammoth creatures were first manufactured.
Boy, how time flies, and opinions change.
Now going to the moon by man is old hat, and the space shuttle has been shut down! It is good to remember, and nothing does that better than still photography IMHO.
I appreciate you posting it Jim.
That is a great image Jim. Thanks for posting it.
Until she died, my grandmother lived in Grapevine. I probably still have relatives that live there.
Ron - 'We don't have time to go take pics this afternoon Carl.'
Carl - 'What do you mean? It will only take 1/1000s.'
'Keep your eyes looking forward. However, glance back now and then to see where you've come from. It will put a smile on your face.' ~ brandrx
Wonderful photograph Jim, I'm sure it wouldn't be half as good in colour.
Regards Dean - Capturing Creation
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I like that shot. Good use of B & W. I'm a sucker for old trains.
I'm thankful to still be able to...
Fabulous shot Jim. I can only echo the other replies, the B&W choice was a good one.
All I want is a digital back for my trusty K1000 . . .
It's an interesting subject in its own right, Jim, but the way you've controlled the metallic reflections really boosts it as a photo.
First camera 1953, first Pentax 1985, first DSLR 2006
Thanks for posting.
What a fantastic framing, Jim. And the choice of a shallow depth of field makes us physically feel the irreversible flight of time. Magic!
Ah Grapevine, reminds me of some of the times I spent out there with an ex from Texas. Well Grapevine does, not the train... but the steam part, well...
Sing along now! All my exes live in Texas...
How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witchcraft;
And wit depends on dilatory time.
Othello (II, iii, 376–379)
oh wow, now this is what I like too
awesome shot of beautiful machine, thanks
Love the photo, Jim. Quick question for you: Do you have local support (dealers) for Pentax gear in the Dallas area? All we have in the Houston area is a box store. I have thought of selling the Nikon gear for the K-5 to get the weather seals and ability to use my old lenses from the K and M cameras (that I still love to use) and simply have a single system.